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Laos

The United States and Laos meet regularly under our 2016 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), which provides a platform for addressing bilateral issues, monitoring Laos’ implementation of its WTO accession commitments, and coordinating on regional and multilateral issues.

In 2018, Laos GDP was an estimated $18.4 billion (current market exchange rates); real GDP was up by an estimated 6.5%; and the population was 7 million. (Source: IMF)

Laos is currently our 155th largest goods trading partner with $157 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $15 million; goods imports totaled $142 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Laos was $127 million in 2018.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Laos supported an estimated 92 jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Laos was the United States' 193rd largest goods export market in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Laos in 2018 were $15 million, down 41.4% ($11 million) from 2017 and down 17.9% from 2008.
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: vehicles ($4 million), precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($2 million), machinery ($2 million), optical and medical instruments ($964 thousand), and plastics ($801 thousand).
     
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Laos totaled $2 million in 2018.

Imports

  • Laos was the United States' 116th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
  • U.S. goods imports from Laos totaled $142 million in 2018, up 47.3% ($46 million) from 2017, and up 234.4% from 2008.
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: electrical machinery ($80 million), precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($13 million), iron and steel products ($10 million), inorganic chemicals ($6 million), and knit apparel ($5 million).
     
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Laos totaled $5 million in 2018. The leading category is: coffee, unroasted ($4 million).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Laos was $127 million in 2018, a 79.5% increase ($56 million) over 2017.

NOTE: No U.S. services trade or investment data with Laos are available.